Bert D'Angelo/Superstar is an American police drama that aired on ABC on Saturday Nights from February 21 to July 10, 1976. The series was produced by Quinn Martin; the series spun off from The Streets of San Francisco, although the episode which introduced the character had its first airing on March 4, 1976, after the spinoff premiered. It was screened in Britain on BBC1 in the summer of 1976. Bert D'Angelo was a ten-year veteran of the New York City Police Department transferred to San Francisco. Paul Sorvino as Bert D'Angelo Robert Pine as Inspector Larry Johnson Dennis Patrick as Captain Jack Breen Bert D'Angelo/Superstar on IMDb
The Gun (1974 film)
The Gun is a made-for-television film, of the suspense-thriller type, which ABC-TV aired as a Movie of the Week on November 13, 1974. It starred David Huffman, Ron Thompson, Richard Bright, Pepe Serna, Lee de Broux, Stephen Elliott, was written directly for television by Jay Benson, Richard Levinson, William Link and directed by John Badham a working director of television productions. Levinson and Link were the producers of the film; the Gun was inspiration for the song "Golden Ring", recorded by George Jones and Tammy Wynette in 1976. The song would reach number-one on the Billboard Country Singles chart that year. There have been episodes of TV series inspired by this TV-movie, such as a 1975 episode of Hawaii Five-O titled "Diary of a Gun." A 1982 episode of Quincy, M. E. titled "Guns Don't Die" has a similar plot to The Gun, including the ending. A series of interweaving stories tell the journey of a handgun — a.38 special revolver — as it passes from one owner to another. In all the time it passes between its various owners, it is never fired and is never shown to discharge any ammunition.
The opening credits run over scenes of the manufacture of the weapon. It is shipped to a gun store, where it is purchased by an older business owner whose home was burglarized, his wife convinces him to get rid of it. He gives it away to a security guard at his company. A young professional asks for a gun at the pawn shop, he is displeased. When the pawnbroker turns to get the blank paperwork, he loads the gun with his own bullets and departs at gunpoint after paying for the pistol. At his place of employment, he is given the news that because he has the least seniority, he is being laid off, he considers shooting his supervisor before walking outside to the building's plaza during lunchtime, making mock shooting motions at random bystanders with the gun. They call the police; when the police arrive, he throws the gun through the open window of a parked car before he is arrested. Two women get in the car, driving it to a car wash where an employee, discovers the gun under the front seat while vacuuming the interior.
He takes it to his home in the barrio, where his brother and his pregnant wife both object to its presence. One day, his elderly father both go missing, they search and realize that after the recent death of his best friend, the father is depressed and considering suicide at the grave of his late wife. After stopping him, Ignacio throws the gun and bullets into a dumpster. A nearby worker retrieves the gun and sells it to an illicit gun dealer; the gun dealer sells the gun to a man. The duo the pistol is intended for is planning to rob a porn theater's box office receipts, but their third member had second thoughts and backed out. After much wheedling, he agrees to be their lookout and getaway driver, keeping the pistol in his lap. At the theater, the owner recognizes the younger man in the duo as a former employee despite a ski mask, he threatens the robbers, as well as activating the silent alarm. They attempt to flee, but are arrested outside. Much the pistol is taken with a cache of other weapons for disposal at a scrapyard.
It somehow survives intact after passing through the metal shredder and is picked up by the driver of a dump truck hired to haul the scrap to a steel mill. He takes it home, he promises to lock it up. One day, he is delayed by a breakdown of his truck; the bored boy looks through his parents' bedroom, finds the loaded gun on a closet shelf and starts to play with it pointing the barrel towards his face. The camera pans away — and as the scene shows a shock-cut to black, the sound of the gun firing can be heard, it is implied. The Gun has never been released on home video in any medium. List of American films of 1974 The Gun on IMDb
Ice Castles is a 1978 American romantic drama film directed by Donald Wrye and starring Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson. It is the story of Lexie Winston, a young figure skater, her rise and fall from super stardom. Tragedy strikes when, following a freak accident, Lexie loses her sight, leaving her to hide away in the privacy of her own despair, she perseveres and begins competing in figure skating again. The work was filmed on location in Minnesota, its theme song "Through the Eyes of Love", performed by Melissa Manchester, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 52nd Academy Awards. A remake directed by Wrye, was released direct to video in 2010. Alexis "Lexie" Winston is a sixteen-year-old girl from Waverly, Iowa who dreams of becoming a champion figure skater, her boyfriend, Nick Peterson, dreams of being a hockey player. Coached by a family friend and former skater, Lexie enters a regional championship over her father's protests. There she is discovered by an elite coach who sees her potential despite a lack of training and a advanced age for figure skaters.
Over her father's objections, Lexie moves from Waverly to Colorado Springs to train at the legendary Broadmoor World Arena. She becomes unpopular with the other skaters in training because of the attention lavished on her natural talent and the media attention her coach obtains for her in an effort to make her known to the skating world. Lexie qualifies for the senior championship level. Lexie's life changes drastically in the process, she becomes a star, alienates her boyfriend, begins dating a grown man, a television broadcaster, following her training. Lexie becomes uncomfortable in herself. Lexie goes down to the outdoor rink nearby to skate, her coach and the party goers notice her, are watching through the windows as Lexie skates. She attempts a difficult triple jump, but lands off the ice onto a set of tables and chairs that are chained together near the edge of the rink. Lexie suffers a serious head injury, with a blood clot in her brain, she can see only blurry shapes. The doctor is uncertain.
Lexie becomes a recluse. Nick, who still resents her affair with Brian, demands that she get out of the house and back onto the ice. Despite their mutual resentment and Lexie's depression, they work through their estrangement and rediscover their love for each other. With help from Nick, her father Marcus, original coach Beulah, Lexie begins to believe she can still fulfill her dreams, she is blind, but can still see the boards at the edge of the rink, so she learns how to skate around her disability. She competes once again. Lexie presents a flawless, beautiful program and wins an enthusiastic standing ovation from the crowd, her ruse, however, is discovered when she trips over the roses, thrown onto the ice by adoring fans after her performance, falls to the ice. Nick rushes to her side and says, "We forgot about the flowers," as the crowd realizes that she has not recovered from her injuries but has risen above them. Lynn-Holly Johnson as Alexis "Lexie" Winston Robby Benson as Nick PetersonColleen Dewhurst as Beulah Smith Tom Skerritt as Marcus Winston Jennifer Warren as Deborah Mackland David Huffman as Brian Dockett Sydney Blake as Sandy Craig T. McMullen as Doctor Kelsey Ufford as Ceciel Monchet Leonard Lilyholm as Hockey Coach Brian Foley as Choreographer John-Claude Bleuze as French Coach Theresa Willmus as Annette Brashlout Diana Holden as X-ray technician Michelle McLean as Skater Carol Williams as Television producer Kevin Heinen as Man in green jacket throwing rose The film holds a 44% "Rotten" rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 9 reviews, with an average score of 5.3/10.
A movie reviewer for Variety wrote, "Ice Castles combines a touching love story with the excitement and intense pressure of Olympic competition skating" and praised the performances of Dewhurst and Skerrit. Roger Ebert disliked the sentimentality of the movie, writing: Call me Scrooge. I don't deny the bravery of the characters being portrayed – I just object to the emotional bankruptcy of the people making the movies... One of the melancholy aspects of Ice Castles is the quality of talent that's been brought to such an unhappy enterprise. Lynn-Holly Johnson, who plays the figure skater, is an appealing young woman who happens to be a good skater who can act. Robby Benson, as her boy friend, is always an engaging performer... The supporting cast includes the irreplaceable Colleen Dewhurst... There's a brief role for the fascinating actress Jennifer Warren, electrifying in Night Moves and never seems to get the roles she deserves, they all act well together, the direction by Donald Wrye tries to get beneath surfaces, to show plausible people in actual situations, to give some notion of the pressures on young athletes.
The girl's small town is colorfully painted, the family's home life is drawn in a nice offbeat way, the details of competitive ice-skating are worked in casually. Reviewer Austin Kennedy gave a lukewarm review, though praised the acting as "the better part of this movie. Real life skater Lynn-Holly Johnson is charming and does a fine job as the innocent starlet."Common Sense Media called the film a "schmaltzy classic skating movie for romantics."Janet Maslin, in The New York Times, complained that she found the movie "amazingly hard to follow", "confusing", "baffling". The film is recognized by Americ
F. I. S. T. is a starring Sylvester Stallone. Stallone plays a Cleveland warehouse worker who becomes involved in the labor union leadership of the fictional "Federation of Inter-State Truckers"; the film is loosely based on their former President Jimmy Hoffa. Although the film was Stallone's first post-Rocky film, it was stated that the title acronym F. I. S. T. was an unintentional play on Stallone's public image as the boxer Rocky Balboa. At a loading dock in Cleveland in 1937, supervisor Mr. Gant welcomes a new worker, Lincoln Dombrowsky. Gant tells Dombrowsky that he will be paid for his regular shift only if he must work overtime, that any merchandise he damages will come directly out of his pay; when Dombrowsky drops a few carts of tomatoes, his pay is docked and another worker is fired for helping him collect the fallen merchandise. Resentful of these unfair labor practices, worker Johnny Kovak leads a riot; the laborers go to the office of Boss Andrews, where Kovak believes he negotiates a deal for the workers, only to find out the next day that he and his friend Abe Belkin have been fired.
Kovak and Belkin are approached by Mike Monahan, impressed by their leadership. He offers them positions in the Federation of Inter State Truckers, where they will be paid according to how many members they can recruit. Kovak is given a car to use while recruiting, which allows him to meet and soon start dating Anna Zarinka. Kovak is recruiting new F. I. S. T. Members, which attracts attention from business owners; when Kovak turns down their offer to recruit new workers to their non-union trucking firms, the shady owners have him physically attacked. Kovak rises into a leadership role through his union recruiting, causing competition with hothead F. I. S. T. Leader Max Graham. Soon Monahan and Belmin begin working to get the F. I. S. T. Members at Consolidated Trucking covered by a labor agreement; when management refuses to deal with them, the F. I. S. T. Workers strike, they set up camp outside Consolidated Trucking's gates, but are pushed out by strikebreakers and hired security. Monahan is shot and killed.
At his funeral, Kovak decides to "get some muscle" and accepts help from Vince Doyle, a local gangster. Doyle's men attack trucks trying to make deliveries. Local mobsters and the members of F. I. S. T. Join forces to storm the gates of Consolidated Trucking; the president of Consolidated Trucking signs a labor agreement. Building on this success and Belkin travel the Midwest to recruit more workers. Kovak marries Anna. A new crime figure, Babe Milano, wants a piece of the action. Kovak meets Milano with Doyle and, although reluctant to involve him in his business, decides it will be best for now. By 1957, F. I. S. T. has become a important union, with about two million members. When Kovak visits Max Graham at F. I. S. T. Headquarters, he is displeased to see how Graham's offices are. Kovak visits with Belkin, now leading F. I. S. T. Business on the West Coast, who explains that Graham has made money unethically off the union. In his investigation, Kovak finds that Graham used his influence to steer union businesses and funds to shell companies owned by him or his wife, has used violence against the wife of a trucking company owner who resisted the union.
Graham is a strong favorite to be elected F. I. S. T. President. Belkin suggests to Kovak that they turn Graham in to the authorities, but Kovak is too worried about the damage to the union from the scandal. Kovak confronts Graham with what he knows, convincing him to support Kovak's run for union president. Now the newly-elected president of F. I. S. T. Kovak is investigated by Senator Madison, who suspects Kovak of ties with the Mafia through his work with gangsters Doyle and Milano. Belkin urges Kovak to cut off Milano and make the union "clean again", but Kovak ignores his request; when Doyle tells Kovak that Belkin plans to testify against them, Kovak insists that Belkin not be harmed. Subpoenaed to testify before Senator Madison's committee, Kovak is told that Belkin has been killed and the senator believes Kovak is responsible. Shocked, Kovak has storms out of the hearing, he returns home to finds Anna and the children are missing. He is shot and killed by Milano's men; the movie ends with a shot of a bumper sticker on a truck which reads, "Where's Johnny?"
Anthony Kiedis, who became the founding lead singer of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers five years appeared in a small role using his stage name Cole Dammett, a tribute to the stage name Blackie Dammett used by his actor father. Sylvester Stallone rewrote Joe Eszterhas' script, saying "Joe Eszterhas wrote a script, nearly 400 pages and was more of a novel than a shootable screenplay. A great deal of work was done by myself, along with Norman Jewison, to hammer it into shape, but Joe had conceived a great concept." Eszterhas was paid $85,000 for the script. Stallone received $350,000 for $150,000 for writing; the film was a success, grossing $40,723,912 on an $8 million budget, though it wasn't close to as successful as Stallone's previous film Rocky. F. I. S. T. received positive reviews from film critics. Vincent Canby of The New York Times gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of five, stating "F. I. S. T. is a big movie that benefits from the accumulating of small, ordinary detail than from any particular wit or inspiration of vision."
Another positive review came from TV Guide. They praised Stallone's script and acting, saying that "Stallone likes to depart himself from his muscles, it
Amelia Earhart (miniseries)
Amelia Earhart is a 1976 American three-hour made-for-television biographical film starring Susan Clark and John Forsythe and directed by George Schaefer. Unlike more recent depictions of Earhart's life, this film makes an attempt to cover her entire life from her childhood on a Kansas farm, her nursing during World War I, an early boyfriend, employment at a Boston children's orphanage, her interest and exploits in aviation, her marriage to publisher G. P. Putnam and her famous disappearance in 1937; the film was the first dramatization of Earhart's life and co-starred a parade of well-known actors of the time and premiered on NBC Monday Night at the Movies on October 25, 1976. In 1907, when Amelia Earhart was nine years old growing up on a Kansas farm, she was an intelligent, precocious child and builds a play aircraft with her sister "Pidge"; as America enters World War I in 1917, Amelia is a college student, working in a doctor's office. She decides to become a nurse. One night on the roof of her building, while on break with a coworker, she sees an aircraft which re-sparks her childhood interest in aviation.
In 1921, young Earhart has her first training flight, with Neta Snook. That same year she buys her first aircraft, a Kinner "Canary" with the blessing of her father who has become a chronic alcoholic. In 1924, she and her mother drive from coast to coast, Los Angeles to Boston, in an open roadster, arguing some of the way. In Boston Earhart has an off-and-on relationship with a young man and goes to work in a children's orphanage. What little money she saves subsidizes her flying. In 1928, while in employ at the orphanage, Earhart is invited to become the first woman to fly the Atlantic in an aircraft, the Fokker "Friendship", albeit as a passenger, while pilot Wilmer Stultz and copilot Lou Gordon are at the controls; that same year she flies her Avro Avian biplane in a coast-to-coast, stop-and-go flight where some southern locals recognize her from the transatlantic Friendship flight. Her marriage to media tycoon George Palmer Putnam and a series of record-breaking flights, propel her to international fame as a long-distance flyer.
Despite her open and strained relationship with Putnam, she develops a close relationship with his son David. With help from a close friend and adviser, Paul Mantz, Earhart plans her longest flight a round-the-world attempt in 1937; the disappearance of Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan during the last stage of the flight, leads to a massive search effort that proves fruitless, but solidifies Earhart as an aviation icon. As appearing in screen credits: Susan Clark as Amelia Earhart John Forsythe as George P. Putnam Stephen Macht as Paul Mantz Susan Oliver as Neta Snook/Snookie Catherine Burns as Pidge Earhart Jane Wyatt as Amy Earhart Charles Aidman as Mr. Earhart Eddie Barth as Sid Isaacs Bill Vint as Fred Noonan Jack Colvin as Wilmer Stultz Steve Kanaly as Lou Gordon John Archer as Dr. Paterson Florida Friebus as Miss Perkins Lance Kerwin as David Putnam Kim Diamond as Young Amelia Earhart Lowell Thomas as Broadcaster Colleen Camp as Starlet David Huffman as Itasca Radio Operator Kip Niven as Allen Bradford Kathleen O'Malley as Mrs Gallagher The film dramatized Earhart's life, but "refuses to speculate on the cause of Ms. Earhart's disappearance during a round-the-world trip in 1937".
Staying close to the historical record, one departure is portraying stunt pilot Paul Mantz as her "purported lover", a long-standing rumor that has never been substantiated. Sobieski's screenplay drew on "her own experiences as a licensed pilot". Principal photography took place at Camarillo Airport, with aerial sequences flown by well-known aerobatic pilot Art Scholl and Frank Tallman, owner of Tallmantz Aviation, a company involved in flying for film and television production. A de Havilland Moth appeared in place of the Avro Avian. A Lockheed 12A, was featured as Earhart's famed Lockheed Model 10 Electra, used in the circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937. Interest in the story of Amelia Earhart with the release of Amelia led film reviewers to recall the earlier Earhart portrayals. Rosalind Russell had played "an Earhart-esque flier in 1943's Flight for Freedom" and Diane Keaton starred in the 1994 TNT movie Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight. Susan Clark's performance compared favorably among the Earhart movies.
Amelia Earhart was nominated for a 1977 Emmy awards with William H. Tuntke and Richard Friedman nominated for Outstanding Art Direction or Scenic Design for a Dramatic Special; the production was nominated for the 1977 Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture Made for TV. Amelia Earhart was screened at the AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival, June 18–July 2, 1992. Notes Bibliography Amelia Earhart at IMDb.com allMovie/synopsis Amelia Earhart on Turner Classic Movies